The Safety Leadership Development Matrix is a tool which considers the behaviours and practices required from managers and supervisors to create a safe work environment. The coaching matrix is also a valuable reporting tool during the term of an Engine Room project to discuss coaching progress and strategies on a weekly and monthly basis.
The Safety Leadership Development Matrix fundamentals methodology is predicated on the belief that best in class safety performance occurs when the combination of safety strategy, safety leadership, safety process, safety communication, engagement, and safety execution converge. Critically, no single item is the “silver bullet” that will overcome weakness in the other areas. Some implications are as follows:
- Since organizations and individual managers have different strengths and weaknesses, The Engine Room believes it is critical to assess each situation to understand the root causes for different conditions before proposing strategies to support performance improvement.
- For individual managers to be successful in their roles, they must be able to operate effectively within all the safety operational excellence pillars (strategy, leadership, process, etc.), with equal ease and gaps in any area represents opportunities for improvement and development.
- Safety leadership competencies will have different dimensions at different levels (executives versus front-line supervisors) to reflect the differing scope of management functions. Therefore, how different managerial levels operate in each area (strategy, leadership, process, etc.) is tailored to the specific level of leadership.